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Easier re-branding

  1. Dougal Campbell
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    Some client projects require that you 're-brand' the admin screens by removing or replacing any references to WordPress. Currently, this requires that you edit core files, which complicates the upgrade process, or to use output buffer hacks which can sometimes cause problems of their own.

    It wouldn't be difficult to wrap all the 'bare' text and image tags in the back-end which mention WordPress in a filter call, which would allow that information to be overridden. This would offer a much cleaner way to re-brand the system, allowing seamless upgrades for such sites.

    Posted: 10 years ago #
  2. Theo Pak
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    12345

    no matter how much you change the way it looks, it's still WordPress under the hood. if you removed every reference to it, that would be software plagiarism. the good people at WP work hard to develop this open source project. they give it out for free, and it's arguably the best blogging tool out there. why should they make it easier for you to steal it?

    my recommendation: remove visual elements indicating WP on the front end if you want, but don't alter the code (ex: meta generator tags). the admin interface shouldn't be used by the average visitor, so just nicely explain to your clients that you are using the open source WP system, and that's what the logo in the admin sections is.

    Posted: 10 years ago #
  3. Steven
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    Totally agree with Pakman20. If it's with regards to rebranding the login screen, then you can use Register Plus plugin which has a feature included to override the default WordPress logo - it doesn't alter the rest of the backend so you still give the WP guys the credits for they hard work they do!

    Posted: 10 years ago #
  4. nickohrn
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    I disagree with the above sentiments. I think that rebranding the administrative interface should be completely possible. Some client's want their backend interface to be reflective of their online ventures. They want their hired editors and authors to realize that they're working on their site rather than another one.

    I hope that it becomes possible to rebrand the administrative interface someday.

    Posted: 10 years ago #
  5. tdavislaserapp
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    While I empathize with dougal, I have to agree completely with Packman20. If you are needing to give Client's login access to the WordPress Dashboard area, there is no good reason why the WordPress team should not get credit of the functionality that client is about to access. Some software designers would take steps to prevent you from being able to make the changes that you can make to the core files, but WordPress does not.

    Perhaps this would be a great plugin idea for someone to take on, that would allow a kind of remote access into the WordPress interface, with your particular company brand on it. If it's that important to your company that that your customers not know that you did not create this great tool, then maybe a skin that sits on top of of the admin interface would be the best way to go.

    Posted: 10 years ago #
  6. Dougal Campbell
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    I'm one of the people who worked hard to make WordPress. And no, it is not plagiarism to rebrand WordPress. Doing such is perfectly within the GPL. It has nothing to do with not giving credit to the WP team. It has to do with consistent branding for an organization which is utilizing WP for their web site.

    I could give some details for use-cases taken from my actual experience with a couple of clients, but I really don't think it's necessary to do so. Re-branding is not as uncommon as you might think. Just about every web shopping cart system out there has the ability to rebrand (whether open source, or closed like PayPal).

    WordPress is a tool for building web sites. For some organizations, a web site is part of their identity. Identity and brand go hand-in-hand. There would be no real reason to prevent re-branding, especially if it means one more web site that's able to use WordPress to drive their site.

    As it is now, we can make changes to the core code to remove any and all references to WordPress. And like I said before, this is perfectly compatible with the GPL. This is part of what the GPL is all about, the freedom to modify software as you see fit.

    The problem is that modifying core code makes it much harder to keep up with upgrades. Thus, possibly causing sites to lag behind in security updates. Thus, adding a few filters here and there around text and images to enable re-branding would help more sites stay secure.

    Posted: 10 years ago #

  7. Inactive

    12345

    I fully support this idea.

    I think it's very important, to expand the # of people who can use WordPress.

    Sure, it's fine to say "WordPress" on my personal site.

    The license of WP allows you to remove the branding references.

    Many clients and potential clients would want/need the WordPress removed so they can focus on their branding and not confuse any contributors.

    Myself and many others who design for clients have needed to use plugins like Register Plus to make the Login and Admin screens look tailored to the client.

    This would be an important new feature in WP.

    Posted: 10 years ago #
  8. Jen
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    You can do this with a plugin. It's perfectly fine to reskin the admin to whatever your client likes, but this functionality would not be necessary for 80% of users, which is the general guideline. Especially since the kinds of sites that will want this functionality, companies, can easily pay for a consultant to edit the code for them if they can't do it themselves. For the average blogger on the street, keeping the WordPress branding is important b/c it ensures they know where to go for support.

    Posted: 9 years ago #

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